March 14, 2014

Putin Will Buckle Under Sanctions

Milton Ezrati, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

Whatever Vladimir Putin’s talent at bullying, he cannot hide his country’s fundamental weakness.  The economy behind this show of force is in no position to withstand even the least strain.  It is distorted, fragile, and volatile.  Russia needs oil and gas sales to the West more than the West needs Russian oil and gas, and Russia, needs the West for just about everything else.  If it comes to an economic confrontation, Russia would not stand a chance.  As diplomats try to disarm the situation, hopefully without strong-arm tactics of any kind, they can gain from knowledge of how uneven an economic contest would be.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Sanctions

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